Student Spotlight

Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part III
November 16, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

[In the Part I of this series,Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial, and Part II offered an overview of the environmental impacts of climate change on coffee cultivation and production. Next up, Nicole will discuss the social impacts of coffee and climate change.] Coffee & Climate Change - Social Impacts Many people in poorer, developing countries rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. Coffee cultivation is no exception. Around the world,… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part II
November 9, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

  [In the Part I of this series, Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability alumni Nicole Kruz provided a short Coffee Basics tutorial. Next up, Nicole will discuss the connections between coffee and climate change.]. Coffee & Climate Change - Environmental Impacts The coffee plant naturally grows in mountainous areas under the canopy of larger shade trees. Traditional coffee cultivation, which mimics this growing method, is still practiced in some areas of the world. Canopy cover is critical to… Read More
Alumni Highlight: Molly Brown
November 6, 2017 — Alec Masella

Recent Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) graduate Molly Brown has made a career shift into environmental law this past year, returning to her passion for global sustainability. Not knowing at first how to go about making this shift, she turned to the Virginia Tech Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability (CLiGS). Her experience with the XMNR program provided Molly the support and connections she needed to make her way into her current position as Staff Attorney with the Chesapeake… Read More
Investing in a Caffeinated Planet – Part I
November 2, 2017 — Nicole Kruz

Across the globe, there are over 25 million farmers producing coffee. Many are smallholders in developing countries that rely on the crop for their source of income. In this 5-part series, I will examine the coffee crop in detail to determine how its production is linked to poverty. Throughout the project, I will also look at climate change to learn more about its implications for natural ecosystems and local economies. I am specifically interested in learning how a changing climate could perpetuate… Read More
Student Spotlight: Emily Hansroth
September 18, 2017 — Alec Masella

Environmental and Safety engineer Emily Hansroth focuses on health and safety compliance issues at aerospace and defense company Lockheed Martin. Her professional role, along with a desire to return to her environmental science roots, provided the motivation she needed to join the current Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) cohort in January. “If you know you have some kind of passion for an environmental topic, being part of the [XMNR] program is beneficial. It provides the big picture,” she explains.… Read More